Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/4/13

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  • Michael Diliberti (30 MINUTES OR LESS) has sold a comedy series, SKIN DEEP, about an idealistic young beauty salon owner to ABC. (And all we can say is, boy, is that particular idealist ever in the wrong business! Being an idealistic beauty salon owner is like being an idealistic TV network executive. AKA…impossible, don’t you think?)
  • Diliberti has also sold a drama series, VICE, to CBS. This one’s about some young cops who have to deal with their own vices while they’re undercover. (Notice that everybody in Michael’s series is “young.” So we know both shows are going to be way more than skin deep. Oh, wait….)
  • Chris Keyser & Sydney Sidner (PARTY OF FIVE) are writing the pilot for a reboot of – wait for it – CHARMED for CBS. (Another new take on a show that worked just fine? We can’t help but wonder if Aaron Spelling, whose company produced the original, is rolling over in his grave. What’s that? He’s also the responsible party for the original CHARLIE’S ANGEL? Got it. Nevermind.)
  • Mark Gibson & Philip Halprin (FUN CITY) are adapting Shon Hopwood’s memoir, LAW MAN, into a series for NBC. (Wow. The true story of a bank robber turned attorney. We can hardly wait for the episode about how he got a license to practice. If nothing else, it’ll be a good lesson in salesmanship cuz it’s almost as hard for a convicted felon to be admitted to the bar as hard as it is for a newbie writer to sell a series. Hmm…)
  • Liz Feldman (2 BROKE GIRLS) is writing the pilot for an untitled NBC comedy series about a lesbian who gets pregnant and has no man to turn to cuz her male buddy just married the love of his life. (A series about a lesbian whose big problem is that she’s lost the man in her life? What century does this take place in? Oy!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/13/12

“A word unwritten is a truth untold.” (Anon.)

  • Elizabeth Chandler (SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS) is writing the pilot for Fox’s family drama, THE BREAK, about a teenage girl sent to live with the father she’s never known…oh, and there’s surfing too. (Because JOHN FROM CLEVELAND did so well for HBO a few years ago, right?)
  • Sydney Sidner (THE RITE) is writing the pilot for the CW drama MERIDIAN HILLS, about the birth of women’s lib in the ‘7-s. (Because the CW does women – as opposed to “girls” – with such elan.)
  • Austin Winsberg (JAKE IN PROGRESS) is writing the pilot for Fox’s THE TAO OF MARTHA, a sitcom based on Jen Lancaster’s forthcoming book of the same name. (And, yes, the “Martha” in question is Martha Stewart, who will be producing, of course.)
  • Ron Moore (yeah, that Ron Moore) is masterminding a TV version of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER novels on Starz. (And you got it, it’s on Starz because everyplace the OUTLANDER team went turned them down.)
  • Fortune Feimster (who cares what else she’s done; what a great name!) is writing DISCOUNTED, a sitcom for ABC. (Which she’ll also produce and star in because, hey, she’s *Fortune Feimster*, you know?)